- The art of living (Thich nhat hanh): This is the best Thich nhat hanh I’ve read, composing his philosophy on living an examined life into day to day practices.
- Thinking in systems, a primer (Donella Meadows): Really, really smart author, systems thinking should be a required course in college.
- Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism (Bell Hooks): Challenges a lot of assumptions, covering black woman’s involvement with race identity and feminism.
- When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing (Daniel Pink): Dan Pink’s books are similar to Malcolm Gladwell’s, distilling behavioral psychology research into easy reads.
- The Essential Rumi (Jalal Al-Din Rumi): Lately I have started admiring how much Poetry can accomplish with so few words. There is something very calming about reading Rumi.
- Sex at dawn (Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jethá): An incendiary/challenging investigation into human/primate sexuality, sweeping across history to construct the narrative, much like Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.
- Deep work (Cal Newport): So good, anyone doing knowledge/creative work would be benefited by this classic.
- The life changing Manga of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo): I have been leaning towards minimalism, and Marie Kondo offers very actionable steps to cleaning up, and why doing this is related to the life we want to have.
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi): There is strong evidence at this point that time spent in flow state, (an state of effortless concentration on a single task), can be correlated to contentment/happiness. I really liked the first part of the book but thought it could be much shorter.
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Brene Brown)
- So good they can’t ignore you (Cal Newport): Much like deep work, essential reading for those looking to improve their craft.
- How to change your mind (Michael Pollan): Eye-opening, challenging look at the resurgence of Psychedelics in mental health research.
- A life in parts (Bryan Cranston)
- Radical Candor (Kim Scott)
- The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win (Gene Kim) A curiously engaging fiction on DevOps and executive level politics in a large tech company.
- Designing data intensive applications (Martin Kleppmann): One I will be re-reading many times.
- The master algorithm (Pedro Domingos): An inspiring call to action and possibility of general artificial intelligence.
- The manager’s path (Camille Fournier)
- The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development (Chad Fowler)
- Running Rewired: Reinvent Your Run for Stability, Strength, and Speed (Jay Dicharry)
- Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance (Alex Hutchinson)
- North (Scott Jurek): Loved how personal this story was both for Jurek and his wife Jenny, alternating their narratives
- Again to Carthage (John L Parker): Amazing in certain parts, especially near the end where Cassidy runs Olympic trials, but too long and dragging for most of it.
- Running with the mind of meditation (Sakyong Mipham): What does a lifelong meditator who also ran the Boston marathon has to say about the sport?
In no particular order, mostly read while being on the NYC subway!